Ommegang Witte | Brewery Ommegang

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Ommegang WitteOmmegang Witte

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Brewery Ommegang
New York, United States

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Witte is our version of the classic Belgian wit or "white" ale. Witte, which is actually Flemish for white, is brewed with malted and unmalted wheat, orange peel, and coriander - offering a refreshing style that showcases the Belgian talent for brewing full-flavored ales that are also light and balanced. It is pale straw in color, slightly hazy from the yeast, and topped with a huge white, fluffy head.

Witte is pleasantly light on the tongue, balanced between malt and wheat sweetness. Hops and spice with a subtle clove note backed by flavors of lemon and sweet orange give way to a dry, crisp, refreshing finish.

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Photo of tlema1
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: hazy golden color with a small, tight white head
S: Belgian yeast, with a hint of fruitiness
T: tangy, fruity, slightly peppery, with a little citrus
F: the carbonation dances on the tongue, with a dry finish
O: I don't know why this gets shitty ratings, this is a really good wit

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Photo of hopphead31415
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I had been meaning to find some of this neat looking variety by the awesome brewers of Ommegang and finally got some. It has 5.2% ABV and is a wheat ale ripe with ummalted and malted wheat and oak flakes as well as pilsner malt.

Look-It pours a stunningly light golden yellow with almost full clarity and lots of carbonation. The head is thick and foamy and the lacing is sticky and white.

Smell-It smells of lemon and honey with a subtle malt backbone.

Taste-It tastes of clementine, tangerine, lemon and a delicate honey-like malt backbone.

Mouthfeel-The carbonation appears plentiful, but has a mild fizziness on the tongue. There is a citrus and honey coating on the tongue that is ever so slight.

Overall-It is a great beer. Very refreshing that is similar to a summer shandy.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.61/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a tulip

A- pours pale and hazy light yellow color with a two-finger foamy and creamy white head that retains long after the pour

S- earthy yeast mixes with toasted wheat aroma up front, slightly bready, lemongrass & citrus peel, Belgian candied sugar

T- toasted wheat and soft bready malt base gives way to some lemon peel, grassy notes and a hint of floral hop. Dry toasted finish with a hint of sweet candy on the linger

M- medium-light body with medium prickly carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel and a crisp dry finish

O- easy drinking wit, nothing stands out but certainly nothing wrong with it

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours cloudy straw, fine ¼” foam collar, slight haze, not much head.
S: Bread, slight coriander and orange, very faint, no hops grainy, no diacetyl, spices well balanced with fruit.
T: Rich malt flavor, slight bread, little spice lingering after taste, the coriander is apparent in the after taste, relatively sweet but dries out in the vinish, not much hop, not alcoholic, not overly sweet or orangey.
F: Mouthfeel: Medium body, medium high carbonation, medium creaminess, no astringency, smooth, refreshing.
O: A refreshing, well balanced wit.

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Photo of OldManMetal
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This pale-straw colored Witbier is uncharacteristically clear for the style, being just moderately hazy. It pours to a giant creamy white head (so pour carefully) that lasts awhile; the over-the-top head and a sparkling body promise strong carbonation. The nose is a moderate banana/clove spice over clean wheat notes. On the palate, the wheat malt foundation is the star, with a very prominent citrus-rind bitterness and hints of spice. The finish is quick: slightly bitter with a flash of orange and spice; the bitterness lingers just a bit. The light body provides a fairly thin mouthfeel; the lively carbonation makes it prickly. Between the crisp finish and the strong carbonation, this is a refreshing beer.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.05/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I picked up a bottle of Brewery Ommegang's Witte a couple weeks ago for $2.89 at Boyne Country Provisions. A Witte sounds good today, so lets see how this one turns out. No visible bottling date. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a weizen glass.

A- The label looks good, it's got a nice design to it and it's a little eye catching. It poured a cloudy yellow color that didn't really change when held to the light with two fingers of worth of creamy white head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left some nice patchy lacing behind. This is a pretty nice looking Wit, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a medium amount of sweetness with the yeast being the first to show up and it imparts a banana and slight bubble gum like flavor and it's followed by the spices with some coriander seeming to stick out the most. Up next comes a noticeable skunky aroma and it's followed by the malts with some wheat and grainy malts showing up. The aroma is ok, it's true to style, expect for that skunky aspect that I could go without.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma, but there's pretty much no skunky aspects this time with a medium amount of sweetness ans the yeast still being the first to show up and it imparts the same aspects that it did in the aroma with banana seeming to stick out the most. Up next comes the spices which are a little lighter than they where in the aroma and they are followed by the same malt aspects that I got in the aroma. On the finish there's no bitterness with just a slight bit of sweetness taking it's place and it had yeasty and wheat like aftertaste. This is an Ok tasting beer, but it felt a little rough around the edges.

M- Fairly smooth, pretty crisp, medium bodied with a higher amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is ok, but I thought it was a little over carbonated for the style.

Overall I thought this was just an Ok beer and I thought it was an average at best example of the style, nothing really stuck out about this beer and the combination of a couple off aspects and it being a little rough around the edges held this beer back. This beer didn't have the best drinkability, one is enough for me, I have no urge to have another one. What I like the most about this beer was the appearance, it was a pretty nice looking beer. What I like the least about this beer is the skunky aroma, that was not needed. I wouldn't buy this beer again unless I knew it was really fresh and I can't say I would recommend it. All in all I wasn't a big fan of this one and to me it fell a little short. This is now one of my least favorite beers from Ommegang and it's average at best for the style. Better luck next time guys, this one could use a little work.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From 06/26/15 notes. 12 oz bottle into a pilsner glass.

Pours a murky, bright yellow color with two fingers plus of fluffy white head and high carbonation evident. Cloves, spice, yeast, grains, wheat, pepper, Medium body and high carbonation

Overall ok, but not great; lots to spices and not a ton of flavor, with carbonation that is a little too high. Wouldn't seek it out again.

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Photo of TH28
3.69/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle. No code date apparent. Appearance: Pale yellow and cloudy, with a frothy white foam head. Aroma: Belgian yeast esters dominate, with banana most prominent. Apple and pear noticeable as well. Can’t really pickup any coriander or orange peel. Taste: Light, bready malt with a hint of lemon, leading into strong yeast esters of banana and pear. Mouthfeel: Light to medium with some creaminess and moderately high carbonation. Finish: Slight lingering spice, with strong banana esters. Overall: Good witbier. Belgian yeast really dominates this beer. Less orange peel and coriander impact on this beer than others. Still a very refreshing and delicious Belgian Wit.

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Photo of Tom_Banjo
3.46/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle purchased from City Swiggers and poured into a stemmed Spiegelau Pilsner glass. Pretty solid and a beer I'd drink again, but there are at least 3 others in the category I prefer to this (Allagash White, St. Bernardus Witbier and Dogfish Head Namaste).Close call between this and a Hoegaarden.

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Photo of microbrewlover
3.86/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This brew pours a cloudy straw/yellow color with lots of sediment floating in the glass. There is a one finger fluffy white head, some of which lasts until the end. Very little lacing; good carbonation.

The smell is earthy and musty. Spices such as corriander, banana and orange peel are present. There is also a thick and heavy wheat and yeast smell.

The taste follows the nose, with the sweet wheat dominating then the taste of orange, some banana and other fruit come in. There is a mouth puckering sourness as well. The spices finish off the taste in a dry finish. Overall not a bad wheat beer but not as good as others I have had.

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Photo of Wilshade
4.26/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Glassware: Wheat glass
ABV: 5.2%

Appearance: Cloudy pale straw color body with a very thick and fluffy head.

Smell: Strong citrus notes with emphasis on lemon. Very refreshing when breathed in deeply.

Taste: Nicely balanced between the malt and sweetness with a nice citrus acidity.

Mouth feel: Dry and crisp.

Overall: An instant warm weather favorite for me. It goes very well with cold seafood dishes, especially crab.

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Photo of coltonbrimhall
3.77/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

-hazy beer with a nice looking head
- smell is mostly wheat and yeasty, some citrus and coriander but not overly noticable
- taste is smooth as hell bread flavor with a slight citrus crispness
- slight over carbonation but better than most in this style!
- not my favorite style for flavor but this beer was one of the best in the style i have had!

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Photo of drpimento
4.47/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A nice thick, slow to subside, off-white head, a little lace, and a hazy yellow color. Aroma is yeast fruit, spice. Flavor loses the spice and there is a nice mild wheat flavor along with the fruit and carbonic tang & a hint of sweet. Very clean and refreshing. Nice brew.

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Photo of classixIII
4.5/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Light hazy yellow with big white head that didn't stay long but draped some lace on the glass all the way down. Wheat and yeast competeing for the lead in aroma, with orange peel and spices in a back up role. Bready taste with some tartness. Very dry and refreshing. Another great one from Ommegang!

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Photo of Ryanm1
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I'm a total Ommegang honk and love everything they make. They are the kings of taking on the belgian style in the US. This is a great golden filtered wheat, "witte", beer. No yeast reminisce, dryer than most other wittes out there. Lots of notes at the finish: bitterness, lemon as opposed to orange, floral bouquet. Heavily carbonated.

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Photo of TheCondor
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

First beer of an epic beer tasting event paired with the Super Bowl. Going from light to dark, this was the lightest one we had. From the bottle into a Sam Adams glass.

Appearance - This beer is so lightly colored it almost appears to literally be white. Very pale yellow coloring to a completely transparent beer, displays a one finger foamy head that has decent retention and leaves little lacing. Love the packaging, always do with Ommegang products.

Smell - Subdued but inviting hints of wheat, breads, malt, and the spices. A little hint of sweetness in there.

Taste - Just as the description notes, the beer is well balanced between malts, wheats, and bread. The spices make their subdued but noticeable appearance during the drink, and there is a definite banana ester like flavor in there as well, kind of a funky lemon flavoring. Reminds one of a hefe.

Mouthfeel - Clean, dry, crisp. Light bodied, lightly carbonated.

Overall - It's worth your time. Condor recommended and approved. I'm sure there are better witte's out there, but this one is pretty good.

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Photo of Antc2382
3.43/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I love the light carbonation in the mouthfeel for this beer. Taste is decent, but it comes off a little bland.. It has that clove hint but not much else

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Photo of ParnellJoseph1138
3.28/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A-A very light blonde blond color and looks like a typical witte beer.

S-Strong aroma of citrus, orange and floral.

T-A very low gravity beer so you don't get much of anything from the malt so this style of beer relies on yeast and hops to define the taste profile. A citrus taste plays out with orange and a hint of some grassiness. A very pleasant finish and not overly sweet.

M-So light it doesn't provide the presence as a heavy beer, but it is clean

Overall-A very drinkable beer but not particularly memorable.

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Photo of spacecake9
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I got this as part of an Ommegang sampler box.
Pours a very pale yellow.
Very mild orange or lemon aroma.
Again, mild orange or lemon flavor.
Clean and crisp feel.
Probably one of the "lighter" offerings from Ommegang. A very good beer but more suited for Spring or Summer drinking.

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Photo of BowWowWowYippyYoIPA
3.18/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

No bottle date

Look - Pours a very pale light golden yellow. Classic white ale color. Frothy head with good bubble distribution, head retention is decent. Very effervescent. Little clinging. 3.25 paws.

Smell - A small hint of orange, slightly musty, slightly herbal. Subdued grassy hop character. Reminds me of a robust AAL, if that makes any sense. 2.75 paws.

Taste - Orange flavor is definitely more pronounced. Coriander is noticed on the finish. Light flavor with just a touch of bitterness. 3.5 paws.

Feel - Very light mouthfeel. Tingle on the tip of the tongue. Very easy drinking. 3.25 paws.

Overall - A decent white ale. Not stellar, but I can't say I've had many stellar white ales aside from Allagash and White Rascal. I suppose I need to take a trip to Belgium. 3 paws.

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Photo of MickeyTheHead
3.76/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I like the feel of this beer. It has a lot of flavors without killing your pallet seems to hit the back of the tongue with a tingling sensation. I taste a small amount of sulfur and some alcohol but both are matched well with the other flavors present. I was very surprised after pouring to see that the beer was as clear as crystal.

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Photo of fscottkey
3.06/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25

A: [4.00] Pours a very light yellow - almost like Mt. DEw. There are fearsome bubbles coming from everywhere. The head starts as large white bubbles at 2 fingers. The bubbles coalesce into a tighter 1 finger head. The bottle lists the ABV (5.2%) and a born on date (6/17/14). The date is *really* hard to read - it is black on black.

S: [2.75] Pungent, spicy, funky. Wheat-y? (is that a word thing?)

T: [3.00] I get strong yeast forward - but maybe that is not really the taste. It tastes like a wheat beer. Maybe some lemon zest late.

M: [4.25] For all of the bubbles and foaming the carbonation and body are just right. Pleasant on the palate.

O: [3.25] I am new to this style. It is something I avoid because I don't like it that much. I am trying to branch out and try new beers. This is a better wheat beer than others I have had. I have a hard time coming up with descriptors for what I am tasting and smelling. I may have to read some other reviews to see if other people's perceptions help me out of writers block.

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Photo of dodge408
4.75/5  rDev +25.7%

I keep this around at all times. Quite easily the best model of a Witbier. Expect to smile after your fist taste. You will notice the soft citrus flavor with a crisp refreshingess that's unique. Highly reccomend any witbier fans to try this.

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Photo of WhiteHillsStore
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%

One of my favorite witbiers. Pours a straw gold with a thin head. The smell was full of really strong grain scents with some sweet fruits like bananas. A little bit of pepper on the end of the nose. The taste was fantastic with those great wheat flavors mixing with light spice and sweetness. A lot of wonderful layers of flavor to this one. Would definitely recommend.

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Photo of barczar
3.67/5  rDev -2.9%

Billowing white head on a murky straw body. Lemon and wheat leap from the glass. Notes of floral, spicy, and lightly fruity Belgian esters add complexity. Flavor is fairly earthy, with notes of menthol carrying into a wheat backbone and floral, herbal tones. There's a touch of plastic phenol that becomes lightly bubblegum-like. The finish is dry. Not my favorite example of the style because of the plastic note and lemon focus.

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Ommegang Witte from Brewery Ommegang
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